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If you decide to formally instruct Aeon Solicitors, fixed fee advice can be offered in relation to settlement agreements, where the amount of your employer’s contribution will cover everything that needs to be handled by Aeon Solicitors.
Aeon Solicitors can also agree a fixed fee for reviewing an employment contract or director’s service agreement that you have been presented with prior to a starting a new job.
For most other instructions our normal method of charging is by reference to the time spent on the matter. The first 30 minutes of the instruction meeting will be free of charge, and after that our hourly charge rate is £180 plus VAT and plus disbursements (such as barristers’ fees and expenses).
At the outset we will provide you with an estimate of your legal costs for a specific stage or work, or if possible for the full advice.
The time spent on your matter is recorded by Aeon Solicitors, and a time excerpt summarising the work undertaken always accompanies our invoices.
Example costs in an employment tribunal case
If you have an employment claim, then the first step is to try to resolve matters through the ACAS early conciliation process. In fact this is a mandatory stage that has to be completed before starting an employment tribunal claim.
If early conciliation has not been successful, then individuals can progress employment claims themselves in the employment tribunal without legal representation.
In all employment tribunal cases irrespective of whether you have a lawyer or not, there is a court fee for starting your claim, and later on a fee for hearing your claim (the charge varies according to the type of claim).
If you have any insurance policies, then it is worth checking to see if you benefit from legal expenses cover for employment tribunal proceedings.
Two of the claims that are more routinely progressed in the employment tribunal by individuals are (1) breach of the terms of the employment contract or wrongful dismissal and (2) for unfair dismissal.
Aeon Solicitors’ legal fees for representing an individual put claims of wrongful dismissal and unfair dismissal will fall within the following range of costs:
Straight forward case: £22,000 to £34,000 plus VAT, Mediumly complex case: £30,000 to £45,000 plus VAT, Highly complex case: £40,000 plus VAT and over.
Disbursements are costs relating to the case that are payable to third parties, for example court fees or barristers’ fees for representing you at the tribunal hearings. Aeon Solicitors handles the payment of disbursements to ensure no delay in securing services, and the cost of disbursements will appear on your invoice without inflation.
Factors that could make a case more complex include:
- If it is necessary to make applications to amend or provide further information about your claim
- the number of witnesses and documents
- if there is an automatic unfair dismissal claim, for example if the former employer dismissed because you ‘blew the whistle’
- if there are other claims, such as your claim of discrimination
- making or defending an application for payment of legal costs (usually there is no award of legal costs, as each party has to pay their own legal fees)